Stolen Wages Settlement
Update, 6 March 2020
Welcome to our second Stolen Wages Settlement email update to claimants (workers under the Stolen Wages practices) and registered representatives (for deceased claimants).
Last day for appeal period
Today is the final date for any appeals to be filed against the orders of the Federal Court approving the Stolen Wages Settlement Distribution Scheme. At this stage no appeals have been lodged.
Step 1 - Checking your details
If no appeals are lodged today, the Stolen Wages Information Centre will be writing to all claimants and registered representatives in March 2020 setting out their registered details and what information is missing or needs to be provided.
Step 2 – Letting you know how much you will be paid
Grant Thornton has 6 months from today to verify all registered claims and confirm eligibility. We will then issue Distribution Statements to all claimants with an estimate of payment by 6 September 2020.
Meet Jessie from the Stolen Wages Information Centre
Jessie is a proud Torres Strait Islander woman who has been part of the Stolen Wages Information Centre since January. Jessie is fluent in Creole and is available to assist claimants and representatives who would prefer to speak in language about their Stolen Wages enquiries.
There is no excuse for elder abuse
As we are talking about paying money to our elders, we need to talk about elder abuse and protecting our elders. Elder abuse can occur when someone in a relationship of trust with an older person harms or neglects them. This can include taking or misusing an elder’s money.
‘Older people might not report or discuss concerns about abuse with others because of feelings of shame, fear of retaliation, worries about involving other family members, or other concerns. Often they're not aware that they're experiencing abuse, or may feel that it is their own fault. (Legal Aid Qld, www.legalaid.qld.com.au)
Grant Thornton does not tolerate elder abuse. If you or someone you know will receive Stolen Wages money and are experiencing elder abuse or pressure please immediately contact:
- Legal Aid Qld’s free and confidential Elder Abuse Helpline on 1300 651 192 – Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 5.00pm
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service on 1800 012 255 (24 hours, 7 days).
Don't forget to...
Claimants and registered representatives for claimants that have passed away, need to provide Grant Thornton’s Stolen Wages Information Centre with details to support their claim. This includes:
- The name of both the claimant and if applicable, the registered representative/s
- Date of birth of the claimant
- Whether the claimant is male or female
- The bank account details of the claimant or if applicable, the registered representative/s
- Ethnicity—whether the claimant is or was Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander (cannot be both)
- Identification i.e. approved photo ID of the claimant or if applicable, the registered representative/s.
If you haven’t already provided the above information and documents please contact the Stolen Wages Information Centre.
The Stolen Wages team will be conducting visits to several communities in Queensland including the Cape York area and Torres Strait Islands.
The community visits will allow claimants and their registered representatives to meet with our staff to update their details and provide identification documents in person. The dates and locations of the visits will be published on the Stolen Wages Settlement website www.stolenwages.com.au, once they have been confirmed.
Want to be kept up-to-date?
If we don’t have your correct contact information we can’t contact you about your claim.
Please contact the Stolen Wages Information Centre if you change your email or postal address so we can keep you up to date. If you know of a claimant or registered representative that hasn’t provided their email or postal address, please ask them to contact the Stolen Wages Information Centre (see contact details below).
More detailed information, including answers to some of the frequently asked questions, is available on the Stolen Wages Settlement website, www.stolenwages.com.au.